NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 28, 2013.

Game recaps, including the latest on Patrick Sharp, Pascal Dupuis, Erik Cole, Josh Harding, Jonathan Ericsson, Marc Staal and more.

Birthday boy Patrick Sharp celebrates one of his 3 goals against the Avalanche.

Birthday boy Patrick Sharp celebrates one of his 3 goals against the Avalanche.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Patrick Sharp collected a hat trick on his 32nd birthday as the Blackhawks crushed the Colorado Avalanche 7-2. Jonathan Toews had a four-point game (including 2 goals), Duncan Keith had three assists and Patrick Kane extended his points streak to 13 games.

TRIBLIVE.COM: James Neal’s overtime goal lifted the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. The Penguins also learn Pascal Dupuis could miss the remainder of the season to a torn ACL in his right knee.

MERCURYNEWS.COM: Logan Couture and Patrick Marleau tallied in a shootout as the San Jose Sharks edged the Phoenix Coyotes 4-3.

WASHINGTON POST: Eric Fehr’s late third period goal gave the Capitals a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Erik Cole scored twice in the Stars’ 4-1 win over the Nashville Predators.

COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Cam Atkinson’s shootout goal carried the Blue Jackets to a 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils.

NOTE: Games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner”.

TWINCITIES.COM: The Minnesota Wild have activated Josh Harding off injured reserve.

NEW YORK POST: Rangers defenseman Marc Staal is close to returning from a concussion.

DETROIT NEWS: Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson will miss 3-5 weeks with broken ribs.

THE SPORTING NEWS: Find out why Boston Bruins forward Shawn Thornton’s appeal of his 15 game suspension was unsuccessful.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Some ticket prices for the LA Kings-Anaheim Ducks January 25th game at Dodger Stadium have been lowered because of slow sales and fan displeasure over the original higher prices.